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Old 02-25-2014, 07:49 PM   #736
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Beautiful still amassing to look at after almost two years.
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:32 AM   #737
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Hey crazydaz. I wanta do a Betta like rice paddy thing ahhaha. Is there a grass that will grow up out of water or something similar?

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Old 02-26-2014, 09:06 AM   #738
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This tank has really inspired me. So much color and in your face abundance without looking unnatural. Amazing!
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Old 03-01-2014, 02:59 AM   #739
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Thank you zzrguy! It is a very stable system, easy to maintain, and should look pretty much how it does now until I decide to make it look different. Not much to do with it now, except add a few finishing plants up top and let the bottom finish filing in a bit.

Pirayaman- not a traditional grass, I'm afraid, for a tank. Mondo grass does fine it wet conditions, but not with the leaves submersed in any way for a long period of time. Cat tails are way to big for most aquariums, though there is a dwarf variety on the market now, but it still gets rather large. Your best option would be to use a dwarf papyrus which will grow fine as long as the tops and some of the upper stem is above water. It took root in my system and started spreading quickly. I don't think that Val's or sags are the way to go...they tend to dry out and die once the leaves break the surface. There maybe something at your local nursery that may work as a marginal, but that is all I really can suggest right now. Mint species work well as long as there are some leaves above the surface of the water, but I don't think that's really what you're trying to go for in terms of looks.

Hey BravBuc! Thank you very much!! :-) are you thinking about trying something similar.
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Old 03-01-2014, 10:28 AM   #740
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Hey BravBuc! Thank you very much!! :-) are you thinking about trying something similar.
Yes! I'll be thinking/learning/planning for awhile though. So much to learn, so little hobby time .

I'll probably start by growing some plants out of the back of my high light 40b for now. Just to get a feel for growing things out of the water.

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Old 03-01-2014, 08:21 PM   #741
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There's always time, my friend. Always. You just have to plan it into the schedule.

That's how I started....just got so tired of trimming stems that I started letting the ones in the back of the tank grow out of the water. Persicaria, Bacopa, Hygros....stuff like that. It worked really well, and gave me ideas for the set up I currently have. Plus, they were cheap! Once they break the surface of the water, they look vastly different. They also send out a TON of roots as well.
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:47 AM   #742
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Yeah papyrus grows crazy I was gonna try it with cypress heferni? Think it can grow half in and out

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Old 03-02-2014, 07:52 PM   #743
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Cypress is fine, but also grows quickly. And rather tall as well. A lot of the marginal species do get pretty tall....you'll simply have to trim them and train them.
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Old 03-02-2014, 11:17 PM   #744
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Doooooowww mAaaaaa your tank so sassyyyy !!!
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:00 AM   #745
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There's always time, my friend. Always. You just have to plan it into the schedule.

That's how I started....just got so tired of trimming stems that I started letting the ones in the back of the tank grow out of the water. Persicaria, Bacopa, Hygros....stuff like that. It worked really well, and gave me ideas for the set up I currently have. Plus, they were cheap! Once they break the surface of the water, they look vastly different. They also send out a TON of roots as well.
Nice! There is some sort of Bacopa in a local stream so that sounds like a good one to start with. Do I need to plan on covering the portion that is in the water from view? Or is it possible to keep the underwater leaves looking nice once the plant is growing in air?
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Old 03-03-2014, 04:43 PM   #746
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No, I don't think that you have to. Bacopa species tend to keep their submersed leaves fine even after the top goes emergent. No worries.
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Old 03-31-2014, 10:42 PM   #747
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Congratulations on having your tank featured in Amazonas magazine!
your tank is amazing as always Great work!
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:17 AM   #748
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Congratulations again to Don for the tank feature in the current issue of AMAZONAS Magazine. The plants and everything else look great in print, too.





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Old 04-06-2014, 05:23 AM   #749
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Congratulations again to Don for the tank feature in the current issue of AMAZONAS Magazine. The plants and everything else look great in print, too.





Congratz!!! Thats amazing!
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Old 04-06-2014, 01:19 PM   #750
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Awesome! I actually just subscribed to the magazine after seeing your tank is in it. Grats!
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